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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "GRK 282"
COURSE NAME: "Directed Readings in Greek"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Danica Pusic
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 10:00-11:15 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: (Prerequisite: GRK 102 or permission of the Instructor)
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course will offer students the opportunity to read original Greek texts as well as improve their command of accidence, syntax and vocabulary. Language levels will be determined at the beginning of the course and depending on the levels, texts will be chosen to match those levels. The course will emphasize reading Greek for cultural, historical, and social content as well as improving grammar and vocabulary. Texts may therefore vary but will be chosen from such Greek authors as Herodotus, Xenephon, Plato, Lucian, Cebe or the New Testament.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

In this course we will read one of the most important works of the early Greek literature. The students will constantly have to review grammar and syntax mastered during the previous courses. However, many new features will be introduced: homeric lexicon is particular and florid and hence the students will constantly build their vocabulary along with mastering the new syntactic structures. Moreover, we will approach  Homer's epic style which influenced and inspired the authors since the antiquity until the present day. 
Language levels (intermediate or advanced) will be determined at the beginning of the course, and students will be arranged in suitable reading groups.

 

The course-unit involves (a) the accurate translation and linguistic comprehension of at least two books of The Odyssey, (b) acquiring the particular features of Homeric Greek with the focus on the overlaps and differences between the dialects and (c) the systematic revision and development of the students’ knowledge of Greek grammar and syntax, through practice in analyzing, explaining and reproducing Greek syntactic structures.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

At the end of the course, students should have gained a good knowledge of the peculiarities of the style of Homeric Greek. They will also have acquired specific experience in translation of the Books 6, 7 and 8.

 

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Homer: Odyssey I-XII (Greek Texts) (Bks.1-12) (Greek Edition)W. B. StanfordBristol Classical Press978-1853995026  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
The OdysseyR. FaglesPenguin Classics 978-0140268867  
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Preparation and in-class review of exercises, participation and attendance 50
Midterm exam 20
Final Exam 30

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY
You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. 
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

SessionSession FocusReading AssignmentOther AssignmentMeeting Place/Exam Dates
September 2 - October 15Reading Odyssey Book 6Review of grammarOctober 17
October 22 - December 5Reading OdysseyBooks 7 and 8Homeric lexicon and grammatical forms